Financial institutions will be encouraged to lend more to the agriculture, forestry, husbandry and fishery industries, prioritizing the country's central and western areas, as well as major grain-producing regions, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said in a report presented to the country's top legislative body.
It also vowed to increase credit for agricultural infrastructure construction, agricultural technology research and development, as well as the development of new types of agricultural business entities.
Outstanding loans for agriculture-related sectors totaled 17.6 trillion yuan (2.84 trillion U.S. dollars) at the end of 2012, representing an average annual increase of 23.6 percent from 2008. The growth was 4 percentage points higher than the average growth of other loans, according to CBRC statistics.
Thursday June 27, 2013/ Ministry of Agriculture/ China.